Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 11 Hansard (21 October) . . Page.. 3518 ..
MR BERRY (continuing):
Army would give up its right to prosecute the Government if it got the flowers back. In any event, it strikes me that those tools for the return to the people of a thing as important as Floriade should be returned to those who owned them in the first place.
I am in no position to give you a contact because, as you will appreciate, it is a clandestine organisation that does not exactly give its address to anybody; but, if the Government were prepared to make a public statement, I am sure that the Floriade Liberation Army would make contact with them with an appropriate code number so that arrangements could be made for the return of these tools of war in the repatriation of Floriade.
Why did they ask me? They know that I am a great defender of Floriade and I would like to see it returned to the people as well. Mr Speaker, I urge the Government to make a statement that they are prepared to return those plastic flowers and buckets to the Floriade Liberation Army so that they can get on with the good work that they have done to repatriate Floriade to the people.
The other thing that one has to be concerned about is the willingness of the Government to assist on this score. I just hope that they will show the same haste in returning these buckets of flowers to the Floriade Liberation Army as they did in returning Mr Murphy's trailer.
MR HUMPHRIES (Treasurer, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Community Safety) (6.21), in reply: Mr Speaker, I want briefly to endorse the comments of Mr Hird. I also knew Merv Adams and I would simply say that I think that the comments Mr Hird made were appropriate and I want to associate myself with them in respect of the loss to his family.
Question resolved in the affirmative.